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Dangerous Drugs Vioxx

Vioxx is a rofecoxib-based drug manufactured by Merck and Co. Taken orally, Vioxx is used to treat: 

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Acute pain
  • Dysmenorrhea

Vioxx was approved in the late 1990s and was touted as a wonder drug. Unlike traditional NSADs, such as aspirin and Aleve, Vioxx did not cause such side effects as stomach ulcers and other gastrointestinal side effects. Unfortunately, it was eventually discovered that Vioxx heightens the risk of heart attacks and sudden cardiac events. These Vioxx side effects may result in death or serious long-term complications.

After a long-term study proved the severity of these side effects, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning letter about Vioxx in 2001. This warning told Merck that its review of the company's promotional activities and materials for Vioxx were "false, lacking in fair balance or otherwise misleading." The FDA also criticized Merck for minimizing and omitting important risk information about the use of Vioxx in combination with other drugs. However, Merck chose not to remove Vioxx from the market.

On Sept. 30, 2004, Merck voluntary removed Vioxx from the market. Vioxx's withdrawal came upon the results of Merck's own study that suggested Vioxx users face twice the risk of suffering a heart attack.

Vioxx Side Effects

The list of potential VIOXX side effects is long, including other body systems besides the cardiovascular system. The following is just a sample.

  • Digestive system – constipation, dry mouth, flatulence, hemorrhoids, vomiting
  • Immune system – allergies, hypersensitivty
  • Metabolism – weight gain, changes in appetite
  • Musculoskeletal – joint swelling, muscle cramps, muscle weakness, tendonitis
  • Nervous system – insomnia, migraines, vertigo
  • Respiratory system – asthma, pneumonia, respiratory infections
  • Skin – cellulitis, herpes simplex, rashes, basal cell carcinoma, blisters
  • Overall – fever, fluid retention, fungal infections, abdominal tenderness, chest pain, chills, bruising.

There are other side effects, including psychiatric ones, such as depression, confusion, and hallucinations. If you are unsure whether you have suffered any side effects or complications from taking VIOXX, please consult with your doctor. Then call us at Allen & Abaray, P.A. for a free consultation at (863) 669-9999.


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